A different take on Gilligan's Island

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"A Scholarly Critique of the Style, Symbolism and Sociopolitical Relevance of Gilligan's Island." You really have to read the whole thing to appreciate it. Here's a sample:

Gilligan, the Skipper's "little buddy", embodies every extraneous governmental agency, policy and program ever foisted on innocent people anywhere. It is "Gilligan's island." Gilligan is well-intentioned. He sincerely wants to help. Gilligan saves no exertion, refuses no absurdity, respects no boundary in his unceasing efforts to solve, or at least soften, any and all of the everyday problems of the castaways. More often than not Gilligan is the problem. At best he makes a bad situation worse. At worst, he makes a great situation completely unbearable.

In every episode, Gilligan somehow manages to ruin another chance for the castaways to be rescued. Still, in the next episode, everyone will rely on Gilligan for some critical act. Schwartz forces us to ask, "Why do they continue to trust Gilligan when they know he will fail?"

(Hat tip: Daily Pundit; Zogby Blog)

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hilarious. thanks for the link. i grew up with Gilligan's Island. have watched every episode at least twice. :-)